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Adults join Duval County Public Schools students for the Great Cafeteria Experience

6:47 PM, Nov 15, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dozens of adults sampled the lunch menu at Ribault High School as part of the Great Cafeteria Experience.

Community leaders were invited to taste and share their thoughts on what is on the menu and how it tasted.

The challenge, especially in high schools, is getting more students to eat healthy.

"We don't want kids bypassing lunch because when they bypass lunch they are missing out on nutrients. Some of them will will hold off and wait till get out of school to go to McDonald's or any fast food restaurant," said Betty Burney with the I Am A Star Foundation, the organization that helped sponsor the event.

Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland was one of the guests who found the cafeteria selection to be impressive.

"It was amazing the choices in the lunch line," said Holland, who choose pizza and was not disappointed.

Students say presentation and taste are two big factors in what food they find appealing. The food service company says one challenge they face is keeping the line moving to better accommodate students who only have so much time for lunch. 

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